Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million to Hurricane Florence Relief in North Carolina

Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C

Hurricane Florence is now behind us, but destruction is everywhere in the aftermath.

'I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home, ' the athlete told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "More than 1.6 million meals have been delivered to North Carolina".

Jordan's family moved to Wilmington when he was a child, and he went to Laney High School before attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

He says he watched the devastation caused by the hurricane on television and has touched base with them to make sure they were safe.

Two Kinston men died during Florence: a 68-year-old electrocuted while trying to connect two extension cords in Florence's torrential rains to power a generator, and a 77-year-old blown to the ground when he went outside to check on his hunting dogs during the storm. Around a quarter of a million people remain without power, and sections of several major roadways remain impassable.

Florence, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before it was downgraded, has already killed at least 33 people, including 26 in North Carolina and six in SC.

Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited North and SC, where flood levels continue to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Recently, Trump has angrily challenged the almost 3,000 deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year.

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Nests of poisonous fire ants were seen in flood waters across North Carolina, after Florence battered the region with heavy downpours over the weekend.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas, and more than 650 people were taken to safety in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, said Barbi Baker, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said 16 rivers were at major flood stage Tuesday with three more expected to peak by Thursday.

"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", Cooper said. "They're talking about it all over the world", Trump said.

A portion of the roof collapsed at the Starlight Motel near the US military base at Fort Bragg but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

"We're going to be there 100%", Trump told officials at a briefing shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps air station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina.

The storm will continue to sweep through southern New York, Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.

Trump called the federal response to Puerto Rico an "unsung success" last week and tweeted without evidence that an academic study that determined 2,975 deaths were attributable to the storm was the work of Democrats out to hurt him politically.

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